Arizona court to review ruling on marijuana, DUI immunity

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court will review a lower court's ruling that said drivers who have medical marijuana cards can still be prosecuted under laws against driving under the influence while having marijuana in their system.

The justices agreed without comment Tuesday to review a state Court of Appeals ruling issued last November.

Two defendants who had medical marijuana cards allowing them to legally smoke pot had pointed to a medical marijuana law provision that provides a partial legal shield for pot usage prescribed by a physician.

However, a three-judge Court of Appeals panel said the medical marijuana law doesn't provide immunity for defendants charged with driving while having marijuana in their systems.

The ruling also said physicians don't prescribe medical marijuana. Instead, they only certify a patient's medical eligibility.

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